J’ai découvert que mon petit frère avait un cancer ce matin

C’était notre journée annulée après Noël conversation. Le médecin prend son estomac et une partie de son œsophage.

Je suis honoré comme son grand frère. C’est mon endroit.

Il est chrétien. Je suis un lama, bouddhiste. Cela étant dit, nous sommes famille.

Câlisser religion. Tout ce que j’ai appris dans la vie est à sa disposition.

Nous ne serons pas remplacés.

En ce qui concerne la mort et la maladie, j’y suis. Je n’ai pas besoin de jouer au bouddhiste.

« Nous ne devrions pas être surpris et abasourdis s’il y a des problèmes dans nos vies ».

J’ai appris cela d’un moine tibétain.

Nous avons parlé pendant plus d’une heure ce matin.

Qu’on le veuille ou non, je suis un lama, disciple principal d’un maître de Mahamudra.

Je ne veux rien avoir à faire avec le bouddhisme tibétain.

Cela m’est aussi étranger que la vie sur Mars.

J’ai beaucoup appris au fil des ans, en devenant lama.

Pis j’ai mon petit frère à remercier de m’avoir aidé à réaliser cela.

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2 teens killed, 6 people injured in Cass County crash

The two teens killed in this tragic accident were classmates of my grandson, his life’s first true heart break.

I’m a lama, a senior disciple of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, the last of his lineage save myself. Who knows if Rinpoche ever transmitted Khenpo Gangshar’s Mahamudra to another of my generation.

I was his first and whether I think it the best use of my time it has fallen to me share the wisdom of our lineage for the benefit of another generation.

One day you are a sophomore in High School and then one day life as you knew it ends.

Life goes on though.

For me it was what happened after my Father died.

My mother married my stepdad.

After my dad died grieved but my life otherwise proceeded as he had provided for us in the event of his death.

My father was my first lama.

A veteran of the Korean War he had the experience of death in combat.

Not that he ever spoke of it as was typical of his generation.

While stationed in Japan he became a student of the culture which in turn became my introduction to Buddhism as a young child.

If something had anything to do with Japan I wanted to know about it.

Anyway, Gigi and I are off to celebrate Christmas Day with here family.

This will by my second Christmas without my mother.

It seems like just yesterday she was busting my chops on the phone for not visiting her.

A part of me never forgave her for moving us Quebec.

Life goes on.

As I told my grandson. The pain never leaves us.

This the lineage I have to share with him.

Chaque esprit humain a so propre fardeau de souffrance; Il n’y a pas de moment heureux dans le samsara.

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“Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje Calls for Community Reevaluation”, He need only look in the mirror if said Karmapa is depressed

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Somebody needs to give this young man a good talking to I think.

“… in early March, the prominent Tibetan Buddhist religious leader openly expressed his life-long struggle to meet the demands that come with his leadership role—saying, ‘I have been depressed’—as well as his wish to dissolve sectarian sentiments within his lineage.

‘Many people think to themselves that being the Karmapa is some incredible thing, but for me, that hasn’t happened,’ said Ogyen Trinley Dorje, 32, one of two claimants to the title of the 17th Karmapa, the head of the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.” Tricycle.org

Pathetic. Nothing can normalize a Karmapa caught laundering Chinese money. The Panama Papers gave India the leverage to force him to flee India. Once the news broke that heads were rolling in Pakistan it was only a matter of time before India followed suit.

After being forced to flee India for Great Britain, in London, a hastily hosted public appearance was scheduled. The web site was in English and Chinese. Obviously no Tibetan was involved. The financials on the not-for-profit were sketchy. He wasn’t using anyone used before. He had a mental breakdown.

After decamping for Germany, his teaching tour canceled, his depression diagnosed while there, a listening tour of Tibetan enclaves in Canada was to be the beginning of his rehabilitation. The old folks venerated him. The kids were less than impressed by China’s 17th Karmapa.

He’s depressed, living in hiding for the most part here. He ate out at vegetarian restaurant. He did something for a group of known Tibetan collaborators at Madison Square Garden recently. He visited Hartford KTC, but otherwise he is minding his business here.

Given where his head has been at post-Panama Papers it is probably for the best. His life’s goal is to visit Sikkim, secure the Black Hat and return it to Tsurphu. It’s not like he can give back his robes. To do so would delegitimize him in the eyes of the Chinese whom venerate him as a living Buddha.

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.@joshua_eaton via ThinkProgress: “Buddhist leader sexually assaulted students, report finds”

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Let us now speak of Shambhala Buddhism in the past tense.

“A prominent Tibetan Buddhist leader based in Halifax, Canada, sexually assaulted three of his female students and engaged in coercive sexual relationships with others, according to a report released Thursday by the advocacy group Buddhist Project Sunshine.” thinkprogress.org

The grooming of female sangha members to have sex with Rinpoche is wrong.

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Shambhala Buddhism’s #metoo moment: “No Right, No Wrong” An interview with Pema Chödrön Tricycle/fall 1993

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This is a perfect example of how Buddhist groups, not just Shambhala Buddhists, have actively groomed female Sangha members to be sexually abused by their teachers over the past 40 years here. This is wrong. For us it always has been and it always will be.

“Pema Chodron: My undying devotion to Trungpa Rinpoche comes from his teaching me in every way he could that you can never make things right or wrong. I consider it my good fortune that somehow I was thrown into a way of understanding Buddhism which in the Zen tradition is called ‘don’t know mind’: Don’t know. Don’t know right. Don’t know wrong. As far as I’m concerned, if you’re going to make things right and wrong you can never even talk about fulfilling your bodhisattva vows.” Tricycle.org

There is no greater mistake a Buddhist can make than allowing our intellectual understanding of emptiness to rationalize the sexual predations of our teachers as Pema Chödrön has done since she took refuge 44 years ago. Let her legacy be not what she knows but what she should have known, that grooming female Sangha members to have sex with her teacher is wrong.

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Panama Papers: Ogyen Trinley Dorje, China’s 17th Karmapa, never to return to India

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In 2016 the Panama Papers documented how the so-called Tibetan leader second only to the Dalai Lama had used his Kagyu Monlam LTD to launder money for the Chinese over the past decade. As noted here 14 months ago Ogyen Trinley Dorje, China’s 17th Karmapa, given said leverage against him in the possession of the Indian government had been forced to flee India one step ahead of said nation’s intelligence services. And this is in fact with the benefit of hindsight exactly what happened.

“Sources told The Tribune that the Karmapa may extend his stay “indefinitely or even seek asylum in the US”. He was under regular surveillance at the Gyuto Tantric Monastery here, “but in the US, he will be free to travel and to meet anybody, even those coming from China”, sources said.

In Delhi, Home Ministry sources cited ‘medical reasons’ for him being there.

A senior official at the Karmapa’s office refused to comment on the matter. Despite several attempts, officials of the Tibetan government in exile were unavailable for a response.

This is the longest — almost 14 months — that a Tibetan monk of this rank has been away from India. The Dalai Lama’s trips abroad usually last for a couple of months. As requested by the Central Tibetan Administration, a three-month visa is issued to Tibetan IC (Identity Certificate) holders for travel abroad. ” tribuneindia.com

As previously noted here the Indian Government lifted said Karmapa’s travel restrictions in 2017 not because they no longer considered him a Chinese active measure against their nation but instead to see if he would take the bait and flee into the arms of his Chinese handlers abroad which is exactly what he has done over the past 14 months in the West since.

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“The ‘King’ of Shambhala Buddhism Is Undone by Abuse Report”

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Trungpa baked the normalization of sexual predation it into these people’s culture and this is the result.

“Late last month, a former Shambhala teacher released a report alleging that the Sakyong had sexually abused and exploited some of his most devoted female followers for years. Women quoted in the report wrote of drunken groping and forcefully extracted sexual favors. The report said that senior leaders at Shambhala — an organization whose motto is “Making Enlightened Society Possible” — knew of the Sakyong’s misconduct and covered it up.” newyorktimes.com

Said normalization of sexual predation is not unique to Shambhala Buddhism. It is the norm for most if not all Tibetan Buddhist intentional communities established here over the past 40 years. It is a time honored Tibetan tradition used by Tibetans to seperate their true believers from the rest of us. For too long the day has belonged to said true believers. Sexual predation isn’t a bug in Tibetan Buddhism but a feature.

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Sakyong facing sexual misconduct allegations apologizes to Shambhala community

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Another so called Tibetan “Bodhisattva” bites the dust.

HALIFAX — International Buddhist leader Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche is apologizing for the “pain, confusion and anger” sweeping through the Shambhala community amid sexual misconduct allegations against the Nova Scotia-based spiritual leader. thechronicleherald

Good riddance.

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From “Talk Six from Chogyam Trungpa’s Sadhana of Mahamudra seminar, November 30, 1975…”

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Tibetan Buddhism with Western Characterists par example.

“This sadhana has been written in a traditional style. Sadhanas are traditionally written in a certain environment by someone who has a feeling about the subject. To make a long story short, there was tremendous corruption, confusion, lack of faith, and lack of practice in Tibet. Many teachers and spiritual leaders worked very hard to try to rectify that problem. But most of their efforts led only to failure, except for a few dedicated students who could relate with some real sense of practice. The degeneration of Buddhism in Tibet was connected with that lack of practice: performing rituals became people’s main occupation. Even if they were doing practice, they thought constantly about protocol. It was like one of us thinking, “Which clothes should I wear today? What shirt should I wear today? What kind of makeup should I wear today? Which tie should I wear today?” Tibetans would think, “What kind of ceremony can I perform today? What would be appropriate?” They never thought about what was actually needed in a given situation.

Jamgön Kongtrül, my root guru, my personal teacher, was constantly talking about that problem. He wasn’t happy about the way things were going. He wasn’t very inspired to work on a larger scale because he felt that unless he could create a nucleus of students who practiced intensely and who could work together, unless he could create such a dynamic situation he couldn’t get his message to the rest of the people. You might think that Tibet was the only place in the world where spirituality was practiced quite freely, but that’s not the case. We had our own difficulties in keeping up properly with tradition. Before the 1950’s, a lot of gorgeous temples were built, a lot of fantastic decorations were done. There was lots of brocade, lots of ceremony, statues, lots of chötens, lots of horses, lots of mules. The cooking was fantastic, but there was not much learning, not much sitting. That became a problem.

Sometimes Jamgön Kongtrül got very pissed off. He would lose his temper without any reason, and we thought that he was mad over our misbehaving. But he was angry over something much greater than that. It was terrible what was going on in our country. Many other teachers besides Jamgön Kongtrül began to talk about that: the whole environment was beginning to flip into a lower level of spirituality. The only thing we needed was for American tourists to come along. [Laughter] Fortunately, thanks to Chairman Mao Tse-tung [laughter], that didn’t happen, which actually saved us.”

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There is no middle ground between dictatorship and democracy.

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A reminder of why OTD is known here as China’s Karmapa

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I submit the following for your consideration as it pertains to OTD as being China’s Karmapa.

“The seizure by police of large sums of Chinese currency from the Indian monastery of the Karmapa – one of the most important figures in Tibetan Buddhism – has revived old suspicions about his continuing links with China and forced him to deny that he is an “agent of Beijing”…

… Indian officials have expressed apprehension that China may be funding Dorje as part of a plan to influence the Karmapa’s Kagyu sect, which controls important monasteries along the militarised Indo-Tibetan border.

According to Xu Zhitao, an official at the Chinese Communist party central committee’s united front work department, the allegation that “the Karmapa [may be] a Chinese agent or spy shows that India is keeping its mistrustful attitude toward China”. But such an attitude seems warranted: Xu’s Tibet division is tasked with overseeing monastic institutions, inculcating “patriotic” norms among monks and nuns – through re-education when necessary – and infiltrating the Tibetan resistance movement and Tibetan Buddhist monasteries on both sides of the Indo-Tibetan frontier.

Communities in the Himalayan region have historically been closely integrated. But, with Tibet locked behind an iron curtain since the 1951 Chinese annexation, the economies and cultures of the entire Himalayan region have weakened. Tibetan Buddhism, however, still serves as the common link, with the Karmapa’s Kagyu sect a powerful force on the Indian side.

The cash haul has reopened the question that arose in 1999: Was China behind Dorje’s flight to India, or is he a genuine defector who simply got fed up with living in a gilded Chinese cage?

China had several possible motives for staging his “escape”, including a desire to strengthen his claim to the title at a time when the rival contender (backed by important interests in India, Bhutan and Taiwan) appeared to be gaining ground. Had Dorje remained in Tibet, he could have lost out to his rival, because the 280-year-old Rumtek monastery, the Kagyu school’s holiest institution, is where the sect’s all-powerful “black hat”, the symbolic crown of the Karmapa – believed to be woven from the hair of female deities – is located.

China would also have drawn comfort from the fact that, within the murky world of intra-Tibetan politics, its anointed Karmapa, oddly, had the Dalai Lama’s backing. Historically, the Dalai Lamas and Karmapas vied with each other for influence until the Dalai Lama’s Gelug school gained ascendancy over the Kagyu order. According to Tibetan tradition, however, the Dalai Lama has no role in selecting or endorsing a Karmapa. The Dalai Lama in this case gave his approval for purely political reasons.

The previous Karmapa died in 1981, and the controversy over his successor that has raged ever since also epitomises a struggle for control of the $1.5bn in assets held by the Kagyu order, the richest in Tibetan Buddhism. With control of the Rumtek monastery embroiled in rival lawsuits, the New Delhi-based Karmapa has, not surprisingly, greeted the recent cash seizure as “exposing” his Chinese-appointed rival.

Significantly, in contrast to its increasingly vituperative attacks on the Dalai Lama, China has not denounced (or de-recognised) its Karmapa, despite his flight to India signalling its failure to retain the loyalty of a supposed puppet. The Mandarin-speaking Ogyen Trinley Dorje, now 25, occasionally criticises the Chinese government, including its efforts “to create this ethnic conflict” in Tibet. Nevertheless, China has refrained from attacking him, making clear that it wants him to return eventually.”

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It is no rumor that OTD is China’s Karmapa. Just follow the money.

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